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A young birdwoman, Sparrow, is rescued after her village is slaughtered by humans. She rebuilds her life among the species that rendered her people all but extinct.

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The Tangata Manu

For over 100,000 years or more, the Tangata Manu had roamed the planet Terra, formerly known as Earth, on an island eventually called Easter Island.

They suffered greatly at the hands of humans once they were finally discovered.

Many Tangata Manu fled to the stars for safety, ending up on Esto, a distant planet farther away than humans had ever traveled to, as well as other planets even farther away than Esto.

For centuries they were safe in their village of huts they called their aerie.

They lived very simply and primitively, having long ago abandoned technology.

To protect themselves, over many centuries they bred certain parts of their genetics out of their race, including the ability to fly.

They had the flying instinct but, having bred wings out of their genetic makeup and with no wings, they could no longer fly.

Tangata Manu did still have feathers though. They had feathers on their heads and shoulders, as well as their eyelashes, eyebrows and private areas.

They had ears although, just like other fully feathered birds, you couldn't see their ears.

The females could climb very tall trees by rivers and lakes and, barefoot, would loudly screech and dive feet first towards the water, reminiscent of eagles and hawks diving in for the kill, flipping over at the last second and catching fish in their toes, hands and mouths before surfacing with their catch.

They would dive two or three times like that several times a week, and divide the fish between the families.

During the Cold Season the females relaxed in their huts and stayed warm while raising their children and keeping house.

For the most part, the females did the fishing while the males did the rest of the hunting as well as cleaning the females' catch.

The Tangata Manu still celebrated the millennia-old festivals their fully avian ancestors had celebrated back on Terra.

For obvious reasons, they didn't eat poultry of any kind. They considered doing that to be cannibalism.

They did occasionally raise chickens and roosters, but mainly for eggs. The chickens and roosters were considered family and were treated as beloved pets.

They were a very kind and friendly people, and got along well with other alien races on their planet.

Generally though they kept to themselves. While they could speak Terran, their language was actually chirping. They chirped to each other.

Everyone on Esto, no matter their species, knew: Leave the Tangata Manu alone, and they'll leave you alone.

They'd heard rumors over the centuries that other Tangata Manu had settled on other worlds, but that was more the stuff of legends.

Eventually, humans settled on the planet. Inevitably, they came across the Tangata Manu.

The Tangata Manu were no longer safe from the race that had made them all but extinct so very many millennia ago.

It was Hunting Season on the Tangata Manu once again.

Anything with wings, anything with feathers, was fair game!

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